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(Slate)   Canadians secretly love Rob Ford because he makes them feel more American and less Canadian   (slate.com) divider line 48
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2013-11-20 11:54:34 PM  
Reelect him. Then we can talk.

We've done that in merica. I'm looking at you DC.
 
2013-11-21 12:13:02 AM  
That guy is gold. Straight gold. And butter.
 
2013-11-21 12:44:26 AM  
ummm, no. Dahlia needs to apologize for having smoked crack before she wrote that... unless she was in a drunken stupor.
 
2013-11-21 12:59:07 AM  
I'm guessing it is more like:

"OMG holy moly, Murricans are paying attention to our poulitics outher than just Harper's caturday phouto album!"
 
2013-11-21 01:00:47 AM  
Rob Ford is funny until you realize he's a preview of the Christie Administration.
 
2013-11-21 01:05:11 AM  
Nothing good comes from trawling your Facebook feed for story ideas.

Anyway, I don't understand the logic behind assuming Canadians are embarrassed by Rob Ford. The 380,000 people who voted for him should be embarrassed, but most of us didn't get consulted on the matter and aren't greatly affected either way.

Mostly, people seem to still be paying attention because he just keeps beating his own high score by crashing a few more cars of sheer idiocy into this impressive trainwreck.

I bet my dad $10 that he'd say something awful to some kid at the Santa Clause parade before it was revealed he was asked not to go. Less than 24 hours later, he's swearing in front of kids on CNN, so while I lost $10 in the original bet, I won a moral victory. That's farked up.
 
2013-11-21 02:36:45 AM  
Canada, I'll make you a deal:

We'll give you back Ted Cruz, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion and Nickelback in exchange for nightly Rob Ford stories and a second chance at expanding the CFL into the States.
 
2013-11-21 06:57:23 AM  
And Americans love Rob Ford because he makes our politicians look sane and normal.
 
2013-11-21 07:06:15 AM  

Cagey B: Rob Ford is funny until you realize he's a preview of the Christie Administration.


Man, that's just way wrong on so many levels. I mean, Christie would never cancel his reality show!
 
2013-11-21 07:18:02 AM  

hervatski: That guy is gold. Straight gold. And butter.


Yesterday's gold was the revelation that the new fitness trainer has been convicted of dealing steroids, and is banned from competitive coaching in Canada.
His new driver trains with the same guy and is a part time body builder.  Rob's niece, (the former lingerie football league player) also trains with this guy and was probably how he met both.

Some more of the redacted court documents were released too, regarding the Project Traveller investigation. Including wire taps, The mayor was not heard on the taps, but his name came up a lot.  The investigation that spawned from Project Traveller, Project Brazen 2 is the one that is more directly relates to the Mayor and his former occasional driver and likely drug dealer, (already been arrested as a result of that investigation) and is ongoing, but nearly wrapped up.  The balance of the documents still redacted are so because they would compromise the ongoing investigation, but will be released in 30 days.  Smart money is on the Mayor having a very bad Christmas.

And about 2:00 yesterday afternoon, He popped in to a Toronto middle school totally unannounced, and passed out business cards and fridge magnets to some of the students before leaving.  Turns out he has a cousin that is a teacher at that school, that he was trying to visit, although she was not there yesterday.  Apparently the Mayor doesn't like to use his phone anymore.
 
2013-11-21 07:26:35 AM  
Rob Ford is in secret discussions to turn Toronto over to the US Army.
 
2013-11-21 07:27:02 AM  
I'm an American, but I'm in Australia. I am farking drunk on Shiraz and I just got done watching Sharknado.

The question isn't why is Rob Ford so farked up. The question is why Rob Ford is the best you goddamned cheeseeaters could come up with. And why doesn't Ian Ziering have more acting roles? He's a goddamned genius.
 
2013-11-21 07:31:26 AM  

costermonger: Nothing good comes from trawling your Facebook feed for story ideas.

Anyway, I don't understand the logic behind assuming Canadians are embarrassed by Rob Ford. The 380,000 people who voted for him should be embarrassed, but most of us didn't get consulted on the matter and aren't greatly affected either way.

Mostly, people seem to still be paying attention because he just keeps beating his own high score by crashing a few more cars of sheer idiocy into this impressive trainwreck.

I bet my dad $10 that he'd say something awful to some kid at the Santa Clause parade before it was revealed he was asked not to go. Less than 24 hours later, he's swearing in front of kids on CNN, so while I lost $10 in the original bet, I won a moral victory. That's farked up.


Actually I don't think as a voter that they should be embarrased. From what I hear Mayor-wise he was really good and was doing what he promised but as a Torontonian that's a different story...
 
2013-11-21 07:38:04 AM  

costermonger: Nothing good comes from trawling your Facebook feed for story ideas.

Anyway, I don't understand the logic behind assuming Canadians are embarrassed by Rob Ford. The 380,000 people who voted for him should be embarrassed, but most of us didn't get consulted on the matter and aren't greatly affected either way.

Mostly, people seem to still be paying attention because he just keeps beating his own high score by crashing a few more cars of sheer idiocy into this impressive trainwreck.

I bet my dad $10 that he'd say something awful to some kid at the Santa Clause parade before it was revealed he was asked not to go. Less than 24 hours later, he's swearing in front of kids on CNN, so while I lost $10 in the original bet, I won a moral victory. That's farked up.


My daughter and I are waiting for him to punch a baby.
 
2013-11-21 07:46:09 AM  

grokca: My daughter and I are waiting for him to punch a baby.


i209.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-21 07:51:52 AM  
whatculture.com

Repeat after me,

"biatch set me up"

"biatch set me up"
 
2013-11-21 07:54:23 AM  
We should all switch countries then.

Everybody here in the states wants legal weed and a peaceful country.
 
2013-11-21 07:56:34 AM  
Just wait until they get a banker loving, drone launching, civil rights quashing black guy in office.

The spoiled, cocaine abusing, sexist, idiot leader is sooooo 2008.
 
2013-11-21 07:57:29 AM  
Sure the mayor is a laughable bumblefunk. That's his JOB.

He's there to draw attention away from the six men who really DO run the city.


/they are often seen visiting a small shack by the seaside.
//oh-so-not obscure.
 
2013-11-21 08:01:21 AM  

costermonger: Anyway, I don't understand the logic behind assuming Canadians are embarrassed by Rob Ford. The 380,000 people who voted for him should be embarrassed, but most of us didn't get consulted on the matter and aren't greatly affected either way.

Mostly, people seem to still be paying attention because he just keeps beating his own high score by crashing a few more cars of sheer idiocy into this impressive trainwreck.


This multiplied by a Brazilian.

As a Torontonian expat, I felt minor shame and embarassment on the first day that he 'fessed up to the crack addiction.  No one likes to see their hometown make the evening news under those circumstances.

Evety night following that, though, has been with a certain cynical glee, wondering what new pratfall His Worship is going to make as he attempts to run out the clock on the remainder of his term.  He has a stubborn streak a mile wide, and my sense is that he won't step down unless the cops slap the cuffs on him.

He's the best and cheapest show on television; better than Agents of V.O.M.I.T. and even The Blacklist.
 
2013-11-21 08:09:33 AM  

rikkards: costermonger: Nothing good comes from trawling your Facebook feed for story ideas.

Anyway, I don't understand the logic behind assuming Canadians are embarrassed by Rob Ford. The 380,000 people who voted for him should be embarrassed, but most of us didn't get consulted on the matter and aren't greatly affected either way.

Mostly, people seem to still be paying attention because he just keeps beating his own high score by crashing a few more cars of sheer idiocy into this impressive trainwreck.

I bet my dad $10 that he'd say something awful to some kid at the Santa Clause parade before it was revealed he was asked not to go. Less than 24 hours later, he's swearing in front of kids on CNN, so while I lost $10 in the original bet, I won a moral victory. That's farked up.

Actually I don't think as a voter that they should be embarrased. From what I hear Mayor-wise he was really good and was doing what he promised but as a Torontonian that's a different story...


[citation needed]
 
2013-11-21 08:10:33 AM  
A fat obnoxious crackhead?
Yeah, I can see that.  A real American.  Just like the morans who voted for him.
 
2013-11-21 08:13:38 AM  

Cagey B: Rob Ford is funny until you realize he's a preview of the Christie Administration.


THIS

/shudder
 
2013-11-21 08:14:22 AM  
No. No. Wrong.

No one I know does more than pity America and its squandered...well, most things, really. Perhaps 50 years ago, there was a bit of envy, but I can't think of many instances where a Canadian looks at the States and craves American respect, justice, social contracts, batshiat crazy politics or guns-for-Jesus irrationality.

What really concerns people I speak with is that Rob Ford is a symptom that the AIDS of American populism/idiocy has infected our body politic and that Ford is a fat, addicted canker.
 
2013-11-21 08:16:01 AM  
he's too honest to be compared to an American politician. too honest and less connected and less evil. but an A for effort, eh!
 
2013-11-21 08:34:07 AM  
More American Subby?

In America, white people snort their coke. Crack is a privilege reserved for minorities.

Bet they didn't tell you that on Trailer Park Boys.
 
2013-11-21 08:34:48 AM  

violentsalvation: I'm guessing it is more like:

"OMG holy moly, Murricans are paying attention to our poulitics outher than just Harper's caturday phouto album!"


Ha
 
2013-11-21 08:36:28 AM  

rikkards: Actually I don't think as a voter that they should be embarrased. From what I hear Mayor-wise he was really good and was doing what he promised but as a Torontonian that's a different story...


According to him, sure. According to almost anybody who didn't vote for him? Notsomuch.
 
2013-11-21 08:38:04 AM  
No, Rob Ford is a dork. He's just a dork with a drinking and crack problem. There's nothing cool about him. As a matter of fact, we should thank Canada for providing us with such a dorky, unattractive picture of drug and alcohol problems.
 
2013-11-21 08:43:27 AM  

DeaH: No, Rob Ford is a dork. He's just a dork with a drinking and crack problem. There's nothing cool about him. As a matter of fact, we should thank Canada for providing us with such a dorky, unattractive picture of drug and alcohol problems.


Indeed. This might be one of the best anti-drug PSAs of all time. Kids will look at Rob Ford and go "I used to think drugs were cool, but apparently total losers like Rob Ford do them now, so I don't like drugs anymore."
 
2013-11-21 08:44:19 AM  
Um, no - but thanks for trying to whore the limelight back in your direction.Typical yanks.
 
2013-11-21 08:47:08 AM  

bluorangefyre: Canada, I'll make you a deal:

We'll give you back Ted Cruz, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion and Nickelback in exchange for nightly Rob Ford stories and a second chance at expanding the CFL into the States.


No way, you can keep them, but just to be nice, we'll send you all the Rob Ford stories you can handle and the CFL. Deal?
 
2013-11-21 08:50:08 AM  

Valiente: No. No. Wrong.

What really concerns people I speak with is that Rob Ford is a symptom that the AIDS of American populism/idiocy has infected our body politic and that Ford is a fat, addicted canker.


It's been happening in the West for a long time. In the early 2000s in Saskatoon my MP was a former chiropractor who had his licence revoked, and got elected in a gerrymandered district that paired the university students and wealthy suburbs with rural morons. He  spent all of his federal office funding to send out mail with pictures of deadfetuses on a bi-weekly basis. Perhaps the stupidest man to ever sit in Parliament..

Preston Manning is doing all he can to extend that kind of derp down to municipal politics with his Manning Foundation too. They recently sent "packages" to all the recently elected city counsellors in Calgary "outlining their strategy" to ensure compliance with whatever the hell their agenda is, and one of the architects/Godfathers of the sprawl is threatening to sue our Mayor for trying to put a stop to it. And the Sun papers cheer them on. It's a full-spread assault on anything resembling rational thought.
 
2013-11-21 08:57:49 AM  
Here, for the first time, is a Canadian who calls out to the world, whether he's on crack or off of it: "Hey! I'll cut you, man." And, speaking here as the dorkiest of Dorky Observers, deep in our heart of hearts, that feels kind of excellent.

What a moronic statement.   Rob Ford doesn't affect my feelings about my Canadian citizenship in one way or the other.  To suggest that it does or should is hopelessly stupid.
 
2013-11-21 09:11:55 AM  
Does anybody remember the name of that Bowser and Blue song about Toronto, the one that contains the line "Bend over and someone will drive you home?"
 
2013-11-21 09:14:44 AM  
They certainly imitate the custom of having a mayor with a name which looks like a guitarist's:

Giuliani
Michael Bloomfield

Robben Ford
 
2013-11-21 09:36:20 AM  

WTF Indeed: And Americans love Rob Ford because he makes our politicians look sane and normal.


We like him because it just drives home the fact that Canada isn't very different from American in spite of what they will tell you. I worked in Toronto for 2 months. It was a good experience, and I really enjoyed my time there. Honestly it could have been just about any city in the US... A very very polite city where people say "I'm sorry" a lot and they call all of their "Dunkin Donuts" "Tom Horton's"
 
2013-11-21 09:52:54 AM  
Actually my mother's all spastic about how horrible he is and how embarrassed Canadians are, what a black eye it is, and what must the rest of the world think about Canada, and how it's too humiliating for words (though she still managed to talk about it for ten farking minutes).

And once again I tried to explain to my mother that NO ONE CARES ABOUT CANADA*.

And once again I failed.

* I love Canada and think she's awesomeballs, but on the world stage, other than a sort of wistful admiration, no one really spends a lot of time thinking about Canada.
 
2013-11-21 09:54:42 AM  

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: Does anybody remember the name of that Bowser and Blue song about Toronto, the one that contains the line "Bend over and someone will drive you home?"


I'm very sad that so few people know about Bowser and Blue at all. They are incredible. And I don't recognize that song. Off to find it! :)
 
2013-11-21 10:22:25 AM  
The media up here might care (having nothing else to talk about), but everyone outside of Toronto is just pointing and laughing, maybe passing around some 'See I told you' and 'sigh, conservatives'.

Old people might need a fainting couch, but nobody cares about them. Get on that ice flow old farker.
 
2013-11-21 10:22:57 AM  

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: Does anybody remember the name of that Bowser and Blue song about Toronto, the one that contains the line "Bend over and someone will drive you home?"


Uh....yeah. It's called "Toronto."

/thatsthejoke.gif ??
 
2013-11-21 10:23:49 AM  

Aidan: TheVeryDeadIanMartin: Does anybody remember the name of that Bowser and Blue song about Toronto, the one that contains the line "Bend over and someone will drive you home?"

I'm very sad that so few people know about Bowser and Blue at all. They are incredible. And I don't recognize that song. Off to find it! :)


They're hilarious. Song has been found. See above.
 
2013-11-21 10:35:33 AM  
I look forward to Rob getting himself out of public service, then going into private consulting. Maybe he could be an effective motivational speaker while he's living in his van, down by the river...

2.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com
 
2013-11-21 10:43:09 AM  

Hiro-ACiD: Valiente: No. No. Wrong.

What really concerns people I speak with is that Rob Ford is a symptom that the AIDS of American populism/idiocy has infected our body politic and that Ford is a fat, addicted canker.

It's been happening in the West for a long time. In the early 2000s in Saskatoon my MP was a former chiropractor who had his licence revoked, and got elected in a gerrymandered district that paired the university students and wealthy suburbs with rural morons. He  spent all of his federal office funding to send out mail with pictures of deadfetuses on a bi-weekly basis. Perhaps the stupidest man to ever sit in Parliament..

Preston Manning is doing all he can to extend that kind of derp down to municipal politics with his Manning Foundation too. They recently sent "packages" to all the recently elected city counsellors in Calgary "outlining their strategy" to ensure compliance with whatever the hell their agenda is, and one of the architects/Godfathers of the sprawl is threatening to sue our Mayor for trying to put a stop to it. And the Sun papers cheer them on. It's a full-spread assault on anything resembling rational thought.


Manning is like the savant on the short bus. It took him a while to figure out that front-line politics was a dead-end (and he looks like a librarian crossed with a preacher with a deviated septum...not a good look). So he just goes all "grassroots", which is code for back-door populism while 90% of the voters nod off to sleep.

That's more American than Ford, really.
 
2013-11-21 11:11:52 AM  
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This Rob and Doug?

Beauty eh!
 
2013-11-21 11:28:25 AM  

Hiro-ACiD: Valiente: No. No. Wrong.

What really concerns people I speak with is that Rob Ford is a symptom that the AIDS of American populism/idiocy has infected our body politic and that Ford is a fat, addicted canker.

It's been happening in the West for a long time. In the early 2000s in Saskatoon my MP was a former chiropractor who had his licence revoked, and got elected in a gerrymandered district that paired the university students and wealthy suburbs with rural morons. He  spent all of his federal office funding to send out mail with pictures of deadfetuses on a bi-weekly basis. Perhaps the stupidest man to ever sit in Parliament..

Preston Manning is doing all he can to extend that kind of derp down to municipal politics with his Manning Foundation too. They recently sent "packages" to all the recently elected city counsellors in Calgary "outlining their strategy" to ensure compliance with whatever the hell their agenda is, and one of the architects/Godfathers of the sprawl is threatening to sue our Mayor for trying to put a stop to it. And the Sun papers cheer them on. It's a full-spread assault on anything resembling rational thought.


Maurice Vellacott? Brad trost? Or Jim Pankiw? There are so many to choose from. Sad part is I know it was probably Pankiw due to the Chiropractor bit but the other part well that fits 2 of the 4 MPs that have a slice of saskatoon.

As for the Manning centre. It is basically campaign school. most of the stuff that they do there campaign and fundraising instruction. It is quite effective and they do their job very well. Conservative staffers are very well organized and very effective at getting out the vote.
 
2013-11-21 05:42:34 PM  

Aidan: Actually my mother's all spastic about how horrible he is and how embarrassed Canadians are, what a black eye it is, and what must the rest of the world think about Canada, and how it's too humiliating for words (though she still managed to talk about it for ten farking minutes).

And once again I tried to explain to my mother that NO ONE CARES ABOUT CANADA*.

And once again I failed.

* I love Canada and think she's awesomeballs, but on the world stage, other than a sort of wistful admiration, no one really spends a lot of time thinking about Canada.


Yeah, Canada's like having five Swedens north of us but without the hot blondes.
 
2013-11-22 10:25:41 AM  
The only reason why Rob Ford got elected in the first place was because he courted the long-neglected inner suburbs of Toronto, which only became a part of Toronto proper in the late 90's as a part of forced amalgamation.

The inner core is undergoing a great revival while the suburbs are dying slowly because of a lack of infrastructure and public transportation investment. It's why his cries of "SUBWAYS! SUBWAYS! SUBWAYS!" was so powerful and he was able to bribe Scarborough with a stub.

Too many people in the suburb areas have 2-hour commutes to their jobs and driving is farking expensive in Toronto. Our insurance for 1 car is about 350 a month!
 
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